Barcelona’s Fire Brigade stay on alert over the risk of forest fires

Launched two weeks ago in response to low humidity and in force until 15 September, the campaign will see the Vallvidrera Fire Station opened to ensure speedy access to the area in the event of a fire.

08/08/2023 11:34 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

There are teams deployed along close to 1,800 hectares of Collserola park belonging to the city, divided up between the districts of Les Corts, Sarrià – Sant Gervasi, Horta-Guinardó, Nou Barris and Gràcia.

A forest fire affecting an area of 700 square metres and a wildfire on Montjuïc affecting an area of 2 hectares have broken out since 15 April, the day of the campaign’s launch.

The following actions are being taken up to 11 August to beef up prevention:

  • 166 inspections and tours of access points, identifications of paths and checks of the state they are found in, and examinations of fire hydrants.
  • 60 preventive standby duties, under the decreed pre-alerts. When activated, resources, vehicles and fire fighters are mobilised, sometimes with set vigilance points during times of greater risk, where necessary.
  • 54 tours giving out tips on self-protection and prevention for the area’s local residents, to convey the guidelines for action in the event of a forest fire. One of the actions was a forest-fire drill in May in the Mas Sauró (Sarrià – Sant Gervasi) area, with the deployment of between 30 and 40 fire fighters.

The drill, which Guàrdia Urbana [city police], Barcelona Social Emergency Centre and the Collserola Park Consortium also took part in, was carried out using a drone service. The Civil Protection, Fire-Prevention and Extinction and Rescue Service have three drones to help with decision-taking and improving the safety of its fire fighters in action.

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